Snowstorm coats East, frustrating holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of airline, train and bus passengers remain stranded by a winter storm that spawned heavy snow and blizzard warnings and even forced the National Football League to postpone a game.

It also put a crimp in day-after Christmas shopping in parts of the Northeast but retailers, who have had a good holiday season, expect shoppers to come out Monday.

In Boston, an aquarium had to protect - of all things - penguin ice sculptures from the elements. A dumping of up to 20 inches had been forecast for Philadelphia, where the Eagles-Vikings NFL game was postponed. But by early evening, meteorologists said the city would end up getting no more than a foot.

Washington, D.C. was spared after earlier forecasts of 6-10 inches, but parts of New Jersey, however, got walloped. Forecasters issued blizzard warnings for parts of New Jersey, New York City, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.